Jennings, "bottom feeder" may have been harsh, but you are right to realize that there is a very distinct pecking order in law schools. The better the law school, the better your chances of success. The worse the law school, the worse your chances. Simple as that. So, no need to be apologetic. This sort of debate happens here all the time. There are folks who think that some 0Ls are a little too "brand conscious" when they pick a school. So, they draw out anectdotes. X judge went to crappola law school. Y senior partner went to Clown Law College. Yeah, it happens, but you don't want to make a career in the law any harder than it already is.
I agree that prestige matters, and that law can be a prestige-obsessed profession. If Student A goes to Stanford and Student B goes to Golden Gate, obviously Stanford guy has an immensely better shot at most (if not every) job. The fact is, however, that Stanford (and other elite law school) grads make up a small percentage of all law schools grads. The GGU grad will mostly be competing with grads from McGeorge, USF, Santa Clara, even JFK. Between those schools, I'm not convinced that what ever reputational advantage Santa Clara might have over GGU would be worth $150k. OTOH, I believe it would be worth $150k to attend Stanford or Berkeley over any of those schools.
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